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The Tall Texan (1953)

Approved | | Western | 13 February 1953 (USA)
A group of travelers in the Southwest band together to search for gold on Indian burial grounds. Convict Ben Trask attempts to maintain order within the group as they are faced with greed and danger.

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A quintet of travelers journey in a wagon through Comanche county includes a tinhorn and his woman, a sheriff escorting an accused murderer, and a sea captain with a checkered past. After a renegade Indian tells them about a virgin gold field as thanks for saving his life, the group becomes fixated on the gold as greed becomes their prime motivation. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Guns Made Him Free...Gold Kept Him Free! See more »

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$102,000 (estimated)
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The locals at the New Mexico location threw a barbecue for the cast and crew. Lee J. Cobb objected to the slaughter of the calf. See more »

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There is a violation of the 180 degree rule during the card game scene. See more »

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Capt. Theodore Bess: Whatever I do I never apologize for it, do you?
Laura Thompson: No.
Capt. Theodore Bess: Well, I do now... with reservations.
Laura Thompson: Such as?
Capt. Theodore Bess: O, no excuses for discoverin' you're a real woman... my kind... never met one before.
Laura Thompson: Next I'll remind you of your mother.
Capt. Theodore Bess: You couldn't. I was raised in a foundling home.
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Yankee Doodle
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18th Century Anglo-American folk song
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Serpent in their golden garden
27 March 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Tall Texan casts Lloyd Bridges as a prisoner by sheriff Samuel Herrick to trial. To save time they are cutting across Indian country in a covered wagon driven by Syd Saylor along with other passengers Dean Train and wife Marie Windsor and beached sea captain Lee J. Cobb. They pick up a wounded Indian and no good deed goes unpunished in the west as his tribe who had wounded him in the first place wants him back to finish the job.

During the attack Train is killed and the Indians are driven off. In gratitude the Indian gives them some gold nuggets and shows them where there is a lot more. Problem being that the mother lode is in an Indian burial ground. The Indians take the groups guns from them and say they can pan for gold, but not to go beyond a marker they've set down.

They're all just ordinary folks, no cowboy heroes in this bunch. But the worst of them is a bottom feeding peddler they've picked up played by Luther Adler. He's the serpent in their golden garden and he's the real cause of their downfall.

Had this film been done at a major studio it might have proved as much a classic as that other film about gold fever, Lust For Gold which Columbia did a few years earlier. Still coming from Lippert Pictures it must be counted as a miracle that it turned out as well as it did.

A nice ensemble cast gives some great performances and the nice location shooting sure helps.

Try and catch this one if it's broadcast.


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